Moultrie Changes Social Networking Rules for City Employees

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

A Georgia city has new measures in place to prevent its employees from abusing social media on the job.

Employees for the City of Moultrie like their Facebook time:

"I have a Facebook page and I use it daily."

But, they also know when it isn't appropriate to share things on a networking site:

City Clerk Ella Fast says, "Make sure to keep [social networking] to a minimum during work hours."

Moultrie's City Council voted to enact new employee policies for social media usage. The regulations give firmer guidelines as to when it is okay to be on networking sites during the workday, as well as work-related topics that should not be discussed online at all.

But Moultrie officials say they know a networking site like Facebook can be a handy communication tool, as well, and they say they plan on harnessing this aspect of it soon.

City Manager Mike Scott says he foresees Moultrie starting a Facebook page to provide citizens with general information, such as tips about road closures and scheduled power outages.

Employees say, on a personal level, nothing beats the convenience of hopping on the computer to say "hello".

Says Fast, "It's a great way to keep in touch with friends, family, and other organizations within the city."

City employees say they are fine with the new policies; they say they recognize the importance of keeping personal opinions separate from the day's work.

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